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St. James’ Church, Ansty

St James’ Church Notices:  October 2020

Sunday services carry on being attended by the stalwarts determined to see this through and remind ourselves of the good things that have emerged from the drama, to think about our loved ones and all our friends whom we have missed for so long, give thanks for friends and family nearby and all the support we can give to each other.  Sadly, hymn singing is still not allowed and the wearing of face masks is requested for everyone’s safety.

Sadly nothing much has changed as far as arrangements for church opening are concerned. We still are required to operate the protocols introduced in the summer, which have been tightened since late September. The church is open for private prayer every Sunday, until 5pm, following on from the routine of Sunday Services which are still following the usual pattern. We have to lock the church during the week, which is hard and contrary to all our instincts.

Hand sanitisers are available. The current social distancing rules still apply. Plus ‘Hands; Face Space’ and masks must be worn and all attendees must ‘sign in’ for tracing purposes. 

It is therefore, with much regret that we have had to make the decision to cancel the Ansty Harvest Supper for this year. As you all know, this takes place every year on the first weekend in October. With the current ‘rule of six’ in force since September 22nd, governing gatherings inside buildings, and the fact there aren’t any washing facilities in the Commandery, It would be too difficult to run a happy, cost effective and Covid-safe event.

Lesley Simm (Church Warden)

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The Annual Parochial Church Meeting is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 21st  October. Technically it is open to all who live in the parish of Ansty.  It is, in fact, the rescheduled meeting that was planned originally for March 30th but had to be postponed because of the ‘lockdown’ Covid 19 restrictions. The Churchwarden is elected at this meeting.  The Annual Report and the Financial Report for the church are presented at this meeting. There is always the possibility that Government restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic may alter the course of events. 

At their June 2020 meeting, via Zoom, the St James Parochial Church Council agreed on their annual donations to various charities. They concluded that the economic circumstances for many are likely to worsen in the coming months as government support is gradually withdrawn and more redundancies occur. With this in mind, two of those charities are The Trussell Trust and Alabare Christian Care, both of which do wonderfully work locally helping the homeless and providing support through food banks etc

Lesley Simm (Church Warden)

A brief synopsis of St James’ Church, Ansty

In 1211, during the reign of King John, Walter de Turberville gave the manor of Ansty to the Knights Hospitaller of the Order of St John of Jerusalem.

The Knights settled in Ansty, formed a small Commandery and, with a group of local helpers, began to build the present church.

The church was completed in 1230 and dedicated to St James.

A booklet is available in the church for those who would like to have a more detailed history of the church and Ansty.

St James, Ansty is part of the South Area of the Nadder Valley Team Ministry.

Team Rector:      The Rev’d. Dr. Graham Southgate (01722 870312)

Churchwarden:    Mrs. Lesley Simm (01747 873068)

Verger:                 Mr. John Oldfield (01747 871119)

Church services are held regularly every Sunday at 11.15 am.  

The monthly pattern of services is as follows: 

  • 1st Sunday    Matins (Lay led said service)
  • 2nd Sunday   Parish Communion (Common Worship with Hymns)
  • 3rd Sunday  Parish Communion (Common Worship with Hymns)  
  • 4th Sunday    All-Age Communion (with hymns)
  • When there are five Sundays in the month, a service of Holy Communion is held in one of the South Area churches.

Evening Prayer is said in the church every Monday at 5.30 pm.

Dates (2020) for your calendar: 

October services in St James Ansty, every Sunday at 11.15 am.

04th. 11.15 am.   Harvest Thanksgiving Service of the Word led by Rev’d  Dr. Graham Southgate

11th. 11.15 am.   Parish Communion led by Rev’d Joanna Naish

18th. 11.15 am.   Holy Communion BCP St Luke’s Day led by Rev’d Mark Hayter

25th. 11.15 am.   Family Communion for the Last Sunday after Trinity led by Rev’d Dr. Graham Southgate

01st November  11.15 am  A service of matins for All Saints’ Day

Then we are into the season of Remembrance and haven’t we got a lot to remember!

Bernadette Foy. (updated 15-10-2020)

Ansty’s most senior resident, Bernadette Foy, widow of John, died peacefully at home on 21st September 2020 aged 97. Surrounded by family and friends (socially distanced, of course) Bernadette was laid to rest in the churchyard of St James’ Church, Ansty at 2pm on October 15th, 2020. Click on the image for a fuller report.




St James’ Church and grounds are open during the day for private prayer, or to just sit to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this ancient place: please observe social distancing.